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Register today to play in a summer adult soccer league with FYSA!

At FYSA's last Annual Membership Meeting, our Bylaws involving the stated purpose of Fairbanks Youth Soccer were updated: 

Bylaw 102 – PURPOSE (emphasis added)
102.1 - The primary purpose of this association shall be for the education of individuals interested in the game of soccer, and for its promotion, and administration for players under nineteen years of age within the Fairbanks area.
102.2 - The secondary purpose of this Association shall be the same as referenced above, but for players nineteen years of age and older. This secondary purpose shall be to enhance efforts in fulfilling the Association’s primary purpose and shall not take precedence over, nor detract from said primary purpose.


With that, FYSA enters a new era of managing soccer activities in the Fairbanks region. Adult soccer programs are a great way to provide opportunities for older youth looking for a higher level of play, to keep individuals playing the game when they otherwise may have 'aged out', to provide chances for those who played when they were younger to get back on the field, and for those adult soccer lovers to have connection with a youth program and potentially give back through volunteering.

This summer, we are excited to have adult soccer managed under the FYSA umbrella. Many things will be similar to past adult league parameters, but many things are being adjusted to better align with the primary/secondary purposes of FYSA as outlined above. Here we will list a variety of relevant information pertaining to adult league program options. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 907-456-3972

Summer Adult League Info

There will be FIVE separate adult soccer divisions this summer, each a little different from the rest. Each division will involve a minimum of 10 weeks of games. See the chart below for weekly structure. Registration for the summer season will close after Sunday, May 5th!

Tuesday Adult Co-ed Recreational 7v7 League. This is a great, small-field format for those looking to enjoy the game with a low-key, fun environment. 10U size fields (approx. 60 yards long) are used, with teams playing 7v7 (including the goalie). This is a great entry-level division, but players with experience are always welcome. Skill levels will vary, but the recreational mindset and sportsmanship are the keys to fun in this division.

Tuesday Men's Competitive 11v11 League. This is meant to be the highest-level division of our adult program options. Played with full teams on a full field, this division will be for those with lots of soccer experience looking for competition. 

Wednesday Women's Recreational 7v7 League. Like the Tuesday co-ed recreational 7v7 division, this is another great entry-level option. Meant for those wanting a women-only soccer experience, also played on small fields with 7v7 format.

Thursday Adult Co-ed Competitive 11v11 League. As far as co-ed division go, this is meant to be the highest level of gameplay during the week. This is scheduled at the same time as the Thursday recreational option to help players ensure they register for the most appropriate division. Here, full size fields, playing 11v11 games, with players who have a fair amount of soccer experience, will be a great option for some fun but high-level soccer.

Friday Adult Co-ed Pick-Up Soccer League.
Some folks have a busy schedule. Friday may be the only chance to get out and run around and get some soccer juices flowing. Others may want to have the option to come and go as they please, without feeling like they're letting their team down in a weeknight division when they're not able to attend. Some people may be playing on other nights, can't get enough soccer and just need one more chance to play before the weekend hits. For all of these, Friday night league is the answer. The Friday division will actually be FREE for all who register IF they are already signed up for another division during the week. (See section regarding 'Discounts' below). However, individuals are also able to sign up just to play for Fridays. The format will vary week to week depending on attendance. At a certain time each Friday night, players will form teams and select appropriate-sized fields based on preferences and what is best for those present. This is meant to be self-managed, however all players need to be registered with the league and the reversible jersey that is included with all registrations can be the default uniform.

Regarding 'Co-ed' divisions, this means exactly what it sounds like. Men and women playing together and against one another. Team formation is meant ensure that both genders are represented on the same team. However, if desired, a team that wants to register as all female players in a co-ed division (ex. an older Eclipse Soccer Club girls team), may be permitted. Women's Recreational is for female players only. However, high-level women who would like to participate in the Men's Competitive division are welcome to do so. Specific guidelines regarding maintaining co-ed nature and balance during matches will be communicated prior to the start of the season. 

Who Plays When?

 Division Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Schedule Notes
 High School Boys
      Included here for reference.
 See below for info on youth
 playing in adult divisions
 High School Girls     
 Adult Co-ed Recreational
 7v7 Small-Field League
      First games planned for June 4th
 Men's Competitive
 11v11 Full-Field League
     
 Women's Recreational
 7v7 Small-Field League
      First games planned for June 5th
 Adult Co-ed Competitive
 11v11 Full-Field Leauge
      First games planned for June 6th
 Adult Co-ed Friday
 Pick-Up Soccer League
      First games planned for May 31th


Additional Schedule Notes. 
As FYSA's primary mission pertains to youth soccer programs, adult league game schedules will be set to ensure they don't conflict with the needs for youth matches. That means that the earliest games on weeknights will typically not be until 7:15pm. Fridays can be earlier (time TBD) due to no youth games taking place and the flexible nature of pick-up soccer plans. Certain weeks of the summer may involve black-out dates due to holidays or other special events taking place at the field complex.

Discounts. As you can see in the chart above, players can feasibly participate in more than one division. In fact, if you register for a 2nd (or more) division, the system will automatically apply a $50 discount during the checkout process. The Friday Pick-Up League is actually only $50 to register, which means that any player signed up on a weeknight team can register for Fridays completely for FREE (you still need to register for the division even though your order total will be zero at checkout). Youth who are also playing in an FYSA youth league (High School recreational divisions or older Eclipse players) will receive $50 off their first adult league registration since that technically will be their second program. Finally, there is a family discount of $10 off the second player if spouses or parent/child or siblings on the same account are registering for adult soccer programs.

Youth Playing in Adult Divisions. 
As referenced earlier, FYSA is managing adult soccer to enhance our mission to provide quality opportunities for older youth. Teens age 14 and up are welcome and encouraged to participate in an adult division, with parent/guardian approval (i.e. adult registers the youth player). Certain aspects of the summer season plans were done specifically to allow youth to participate in the adult leagues, such as:
-High School Recreational divisions moving to play one game a week instead of two (with a drop in youth league registration price).
-Including a $50 discount for adult division registration for those registered for a youth division.
-Placing High School Recreational division game nights on days that will not conflict with appropriate options for adult league. For example, high school girls play on Monday nights so they are free to participate in the women's recreational division on Wednesdays and/or co-ed divisions on Tuesday/Thursday. High school boys will play on Wednesday nights so they're free to register for either of the co-ed options on Tuesday/Thursday.
-Arranging a variety of skill-level, field size and gameplay parameters among the adult divisions to provide options for high school players who are at different levels.
-Coordinating with USASA, United States Adult Soccer Association, to ensure coverage is extended to youth players in our adult programs. (Note: competitive club teams/players who are also registered with Alaska Youth Soccer need to make sure they have followed the instructions and guidelines for registered competitive youth playing in adult divisions to maintain their youth status with AYSA. Contact FYSA for more info).

Jerseys and Uniform Info. Every player registering for any adult division with FYSA will receive a new maroon/grey reversible jersey. This is the default jersey for all league games, including the Friday Night Pick-Up Soccer League. Teams are welcome to use their own jerseys if desired. However, every player will still receive a reversible jersey, which they should have with them during league games in case teams choose to loan players out if an opponent is short or if there is a conflict in colors (teams should avoid producing their own jerseys that conflict with maroon/grey). Additionally, since every weeknight division player can register for the Friday pick-up games for free as outlined earlier, their regular registration will include the new reversible jersey as that will be the easier way to manager the flexible nature of Friday night matches.

Regarding other uniform components: appropriate footwear should be worn. That means while regular tennis shoes are permitted, cleats for other sports are not appropriate for soccer (i.e. football cleats, baseball cleats, etc.). If soccer cleats are desired, you can actually purchase cleats through FYSA! Check out our Soccer Cleats info page for details. Jewelry and all other metal should be removed during matches (exception for medal alert bracelets which should be taped and secured). Shinguards should also be worn. There are no specific requirements for soccer shorts or socks, other than they should be safe. If you have any questions about this type of stuff, reach out!

Other Useful Registration Details.
Every player registers individually! Players are welcome to form their own teams provided they meet the parameters of their division. However, every player must register through the website. This is to ensure we have all relevant player information, for insurance coverage, for sportsmanship commitments and liability waivers, and to be in the loop in case any changes occur with schedules or rules. This also helps avoid a single individual having to pay for an entire team's registration and waiting to get reimbursed by his/her players. A Team Captain should register for that role here within our system and touch base with FYSA (more instructions in the confirmation email). Every Team Captain will be given a new ball as a game ball for the season, which they are welcome to keep. 

Don't have an existing team to play with? Have 1-2 friends you want to be paired with? No problem. Every player registers individually and part of that process involves you providing any name(s), players or specific team captain, that you're signing up to play with. We'll reach out if we have any questions about team placement, but the idea is that each division will include players registering deliberately in order to be paired together for a full team as well as teams that are made up of 'free agents' who register as a solo player or with just a couple friends they know (not a full teams worth). This is a great way to meet people and play soccer with both familiar and new faces.

Finally, 
Sportsmanship! During  registration, every player will be required to accept a waiver that includes a commitment to good sportsmanship as well as liability of risk, privacy policy, and other language necessary for the running of a sports league such as ours. All players are expected to abide by principles of good sportsmanship, at all times, even if they feel wronged or disagree with a call by a referee or actions of an opponent. This applies to interactions with opponents, referees, spectators, league administrators as well as their own teammates. Failure to follow sportsmanship commitments may result in a player or team’s disciplinary action per FYSA policies. Those playing in more than one division (including youth) may have disciplinary actions that result from misconduct carry over into their other division. There are no rankings being kept or trophies to be awarded at the end of each season. We are all part of the same soccer community in one way or other and our goal is to keep that spirit of the game present in all our activities.

While there is a LOT of information contained here on this single page, it’s unlikely that we can answer every question or outline every detail. Feel free to contact FYSA for clarification on any information you find here or to ask specific questions that are not covered above. Email [email protected] or call 907-456-3972 and we’ll be happy to assist however we can.

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